CDC Cut Isolation Period for Covid-19 Patients to Just a Week

INDOZONE.ID – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will cut isolation or quarantine periods Covid-19 patients into seven days.

In previous guidelines, the CDC recommended a quarantine period after infected with Covid-19 is 14 days. However, after reviewing the available evidence, the CDC updated the guidelines.

“Let me confirm that we are continuing to review the evidence and we have evidence that a shorter quarantine complemented by testing might shorten the quarantine period from 14 days to a shorter one,” said a top US health official. Channel News Asia, Thursday (3/12/2020).

CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield, said the key is in testing. Patient isolation period Covid-19 can be shortened provided the patient has to undergo frequent tests to confirm his condition.

“We don’t want people to be quarantined for 14 days if it’s not necessary,” he said.

Meanwhile, launch CNNTwo senior administration officials said the CDC will soon issue new guidelines to reduce the number of days close contact must be quarantined after exposure to individuals infected with Covid-19.

“The new guidelines will recommend that close contacts of those infected with the coronavirus should be quarantined for 7 to 10 days after exposure, down from the 14 days currently recommended,” the official said.

Patients infected with Covid-19 can later complete the isolation period after 7 days, either with a negative result or without taking a second test. There is still no mention of the reasons for the reduction of the isolation period.

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